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  • VET Student Loan provider applications open for Round 3
    Posted on 14 August 2018 | 1:00 am

    Tuesday 14 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson High-quality training providers that wish to be involved in the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) program are invited to apply for the third formal application round which...[ Read more ]

  • Completion rates significantly higher under VET Student Loans
    Posted on 13 August 2018 | 4:45 am

    Monday 13 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills The VET Student Loans (VSL) program continues to deliver improved outcomes, with a significantly higher percentage of students successfully completing units of study under VSL than the failed VET FEE‑HELP (VFH) scheme. Assistant...[ Read more ]

  • Completion rates in VET on the rise
    Posted on 13 August 2018 | 1:00 am

    Monday 13 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson The increasing percentage of students expected to complete their Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications shows the sector is going from strength to strength. New figures from the...[ Read more ]

  • Students set their sights on studying STEM in schools
    Posted on 10 August 2018 | 1:30 am

    Friday 10 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, today visited Elanora State School on the Gold Coast to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning as part of National Science...[ Read more ]

  • Completion rates significantly higher under VET Student Loans
    Posted on 7 August 2018 | 10:30 pm

    Wednesday 8 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills A significantly higher percentage of students are successfully completing units of study under the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) program, than under the failed VET FEE‑HELP (VFH) scheme. Assistant Minister for Vocational...[ Read more ]

  • Aviation apprenticeships taking off in Cairns
    Posted on 7 August 2018 | 3:15 am

    Tuesday 7 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson The Hon Warren Entsch MP Federal Member for Leichhardt Far North Queenslanders are exploring new careers in aircraft maintenance, thanks to Australia’s world-class vocational education and training (VET)...[ Read more ]

  • Eat Real Café providing real skills for young local students
    Posted on 7 August 2018 | 3:15 am

    Tuesday 7 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson The Hon Warren Entsch MP Federal Member for Leichhardt Local businesses in Cairns are demonstrating the value that vocational education and training (VET) plays in providing clear pathways...[ Read more ]

  • New indigenous VET journeys begin at picturesque Mossman Gorge
    Posted on 7 August 2018 | 12:00 am

    Tuesday 7 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson The Hon Warren Entsch MP Federal Member for Leichhardt Queensland’s Mossman Gorge provided a stunning backdrop today as six young Indigenous people commenced their apprenticeship journeys in the...[ Read more ]

  • A resilient VET sector holding steady
    Posted on 31 July 2018 | 2:45 am

    Tuesday 31 July 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system is showing its strength and resilience with the latest 2017 data showing student numbers are steady at 4.2 million. The report released today by the...[ Read more ]

  • Funding extended for Skills Service Organisations
    Posted on 24 July 2018 | 4:30 am

    Tuesday 24 July 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson Australian industry will continue to have a strong voice in the development of modern and relevant training packages, with the Turnbull Government extending the funding arrangements for six...[ Read more ]

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  • Interview on Triple J Hack with Avani Dias
    Posted on 15 August 2018 | 1:15 am

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Higher education reform   Avani Dias:      If you’ve ever been a university student or you’re planning on it, you’ll have to start paying back your debt when you’re earning less. That change...[ Read more ]

  • A more sustainable higher education system
    Posted on 14 August 2018 | 7:30 am

    Tuesday 14 August 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training The Turnbull Government’s plan for a more sustainable higher education student loans scheme has passed the Parliament, ensuring future generations have access to study opportunities at Australia’s world-class institutions.   Minister for Education and...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC Radio Adelaide with Ali Clarke and David Bevan
    Posted on 13 August 2018 | 6:45 am

    Monday 13 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: ATARs for teaching courses     David Bevan:                But let’s go to Simon Birmingham, federal Education Minister, right now. Good morning, Minister.              Simon Birmingham:     Good morning, David.             David Bevan:                Is it too easy...[ Read more ]

  • Doorstop Interview, Canberra
    Posted on 13 August 2018 | 6:45 am

    Monday 13 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: ATARs for teaching courses; Company tax cuts; National Energy Guarantee; Newspoll   Journalist:       Minister data on ATARs yesterday, yes- and then this morning Universities Australia releases a report saying that university students are...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on Sky News Live AM Agenda with Kieran Gilbert
    Posted on 13 August 2018 | 6:45 am

    Monday 13 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Newspoll; National Energy Guarantee; School funding   Kieran Gilbert:             Minister, thanks so much for your time. Parliament back this week, a huge parliamentary sitting after the winter break and not the best news when it...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on Channel 9 Sunday Today
    Posted on 12 August 2018 | 6:30 am

    Sunday 12 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: ATAR scores for teaching courses; National Energy Guarantee     Peter Stefanovic:          There’s shocking evidence this morning that failing students are being accepted by universities to train as teachers. Across the country it was...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise
    Posted on 12 August 2018 | 1:15 am

    Sunday 12 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: ATAR scores for teaching courses 12/08/2018   Basil Zempilas:            Well, making news this morning: alarming new data has revealed students with low ATAR scores are being accepted into teaching courses across the nation. The...[ Read more ]

  • Doorstop interview, Adelaide
    Posted on 12 August 2018 | 1:15 am

    Sunday 12 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: ATAR scores for teaching courses; National Energy Guarantee   Simon Birmingham:     ATARs are not the be all and end all, but certainly there are alarm bells ringing as a result of the figures that...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC Radio Adelaide, Mornings with David Bevan
    Posted on 9 August 2018 | 3:00 am

    Thursday 9 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training Interview on ABC Radio Adelaide, Mornings with David Bevan    Topics: Proposed University of Adelaide and University of South Australia merger 09/08/2018 09:27 AM David Bevan: Let’s just quickly, before the headlines, talk to Simon Birmingham....[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC Radio Darwin Breakfast with Adam Steer
    Posted on 7 August 2018 | 2:00 am

    Tuesday 7 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on ABC Radio Darwin Breakfast with Adam Steer    Topics: New child care package; NAPLAN online; New funding for Duke of Edinburgh Award Disadvantaged Youth program 07/08/2018 07:21am Adam Steer: The Federal Government’s...[ Read more ]

  • Latest news from Home Affairs

  • REMINDER - UPCOMING WEEKEND OUTAGE TO THE ICS - SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018
    Posted on 15 August 2018 | 11:26 pm

    Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a 6 hour period between Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August 2018.The outage period will be from 23:00 AEST on Saturday 18 August until 05:00 AEST Sunday 19 August 2018 and is necessary to promote internal system changes.Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside...[ Read more ]

  • UPCOMING WEEKEND OUTAGES TO THE ICS - 18/19 AUGUST & 25/26 AUGUST 2018
    Posted on 19 July 2018 | 6:52 am

    Please be advised that the ICS has two extended outages coming up in August 2018 that will occur outside of the normal outage window.Outage 1 - 23:00 AEST Saturday 18th August to 05:00 AEST Sunday 19th AugustOutage 2 - 23:00 AEST Saturday 25th August to 05:00 AEST Sunday 26th AugustIndustry clients should...[ Read more ]

  • EFT PAYMENTS & EFT PAYMENT REPORTS - 18 JULY 2018
    Posted on 18 July 2018 | 5:28 am

    The EFT Bank Run due to have occurred at midday today (Wednesday 18 July) to include all payments submitted since midday yesterday (Tuesday 17 July) has not processed.Subsequently tomorrow's Bank Run will now include all payments submitted since midday Tuesday until midday tomorrow (Thursday 19 July).Due to the above, EFT payment reports will...[ Read more ]

  • Depot and Warehouse Licence Renewals
    Posted on 12 July 2018 | 10:46 pm

    Unpaid Depot & Warehouse licence renewal invoices are now considered overdue.Warehouses with unpaid licence fees require immediate payment or are at risk of suspension. Fees must be paid within twenty-eight days of the date on which they become payable.Please Note -All depot licence fees must be paid before the end...[ Read more ]

  • REMINDER - EXTENDED OUTAGE TO THE ICS - 3 JULY 2018
    Posted on 3 July 2018 | 3:38 am

    A hardware refresh is required to be undertaken at the Baulkham Hills Data Centre and will require an outage to the ICS between 23:00 AEST Tuesday 03 July and 05:00 AEST Wednesday 04 July 2018.Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours.

  • GST ON LOW VALUE IMPORTED GOODS
    Posted on 2 July 2018 | 4:28 am

    From 1st July 2018, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) may apply to goods with a customs value of $1,000 or less (low value goods) when imported from overseas by consumers in Australia.Vendors, including merchants, electronic distribution platforms (EDPs) or re-deliverers, that meet GST registration requirements will be required to...[ Read more ]

  • EFT PAYMENTS & EFT PAYMENT REPORTS - 2 JULY 2018
    Posted on 2 July 2018 | 4:18 am

    ​The EFT Bank Run due to have occurred at midday today (Monday 2 July 2018) to include all payments submitted since midday Friday 29 June has not processed.Subsequently tomorrow's Bank Run will now include all payments submitted since midday Friday until midday tomorrow (Tuesday 3 July).Due to the above, EFT payment reports will...[ Read more ]

  • RENEWAL OF CUSTOMS BROKER LICENCES – REMINDER
    Posted on 18 June 2018 | 1:49 am

    As detailed in DIBP Notice No. 2017/38 all customs broker licences will expire on 30 June 2018. This includes Corporate, Nominee and Sole Trader licences. Current records indicate that there are still a number of licences that have not been renewed.It is recommended that renewals are paid, associated documentation completed...[ Read more ]

  • ICS EFT REPORTS - THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018
    Posted on 7 June 2018 | 6:04 am

    Due to the delayed Bank Run today the EFT Reports will not be available at their normal time.Australian Border Force apologises for any inconvenience caused.

  • EFT PAYMENTS - THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018
    Posted on 7 June 2018 | 4:02 am

    The Bank Run for today has been delayed. Deductions are still expected to occur as per normal however will be processed slightly later this afternoon.If any amendment to the above information is required a further announcement will be made.Australian Border Force apologises for any inconvenience caused.